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COVID-19 relief: Money for businesses, education in the pipeline MONTPELIER — Some businesses and non-profit agencies that have been financially hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic could qualify for up to $50,000 in aid. Beginning July 6, the state will start …
A creative approach to hand-washing Brattleboro Reformer BRATTLEBORO — As Vermont communities slowly emerge from weeks of Stay Home/Stay Safe advisories, they face many pressing needs, including the new health policies as …
As summer arrives, officials advise COVID health cautions MONTPELIER — With state parks about to open for the summer and venues allowed to admit 150 people for outdoor events and 75 for indoor gatherings this weekend, state health commissioner Dr. …
State: No additional virus cases in Windham Co. cluster MONTPELIER — There are no new additional positive tests in a COVID-19 cluster reported in Windham County, state health commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Wednesday. During Gov. Phil Scott's …
Health Dept. investigates Windham County COVID cluster BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Department of Health is continuing to investigate and respond to a small cluster of COVID-19 cases in Windham County. According to a press release from DOH, the …
State officials: Virus still here MONTPELIER — The coronavirus is still in communities, prompting the state to offer pop-up testing sites like the one in Brattleboro on Sunday. "Though the sun is shining, the weather is …
Gov's COVID press conference focuses on Juneteenth MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott's COVID-19 press conference on Friday started with a recognition of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 that 250,000 enslaved people in Texas were told they had been freed …

Pandemic state-of-emergency extended a month

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott made it official: the coronavirus pandemic state-of-emergency has been extended a month to July 15. Scott made the announcement Monday morning during his …

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Watch: Gov. Baker delivers daily COVID-19 briefing Gov. Charlie Baker delivers his daily coronavirus update, along with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. They will provide briefings on the …
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A list of resources about the coronavirus, community-based supports These are community, local, state, federal and other online resources about the coronavirus and preparation for you, your family and your home, as well as aid services for individuals and families in need.
Updated: Here's what's closed in the Berkshire community because of the potential COVID-19 outbreak These groups have cancelled events because of the potential spread of COVID-19.
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Scott urges Legislature to release COVID funds MONTPELIER — During his Friday press conference, Gov. Phil Scott appealed to the Vermont Legislature to release hundreds of millions of dollars of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security …
Scott urges Legislature to release stimulus funds MONTPELIER — During his Friday press conference, Gov. Phil Scott appealed to the Vermont Legislature to release hundreds of millions of dollars of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security …
Scott: School will return this fall; guidelines to be announced MONTPELIER — Vermont schools, pre-K through Grade 12, will be open this fall, Gov. Phil Scott pledged Wednesday. Saying that schools were important to the state's children both educationally …
Gov. Scott prepares to let some recreational games begin MONTPELIER — Some organized recreational sports leagues are ready to play ball after the coronavirus pandemic put plans on pause. Gov. Phil Scott said new guidelines are meant for …
Governor: Group to address racial disparities in pandemic MONTPELIER — The state will soon be appointing members of a racial equity task force to address racial disparities in coronavirus infection and death rates, Gov. Phil Scott announced during a …
Home haircuts come to an end as COVID restrictions ease MONTPELIER — There's good news for folks who've had to learn to cut their own hair in the past two months. On Friday, the state allowed hair salons and barber shops to reopen, though they could …
Free food to be distributed Wednesday at high school BRATTLEBORO — On Wednesday, the state of Vermont will be distributing a large amount of free food in the student parking lot at Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Road, from 10 a.m. …
Wilmington approves mask order WILMINGTON — Before the town approved an emergency order requiring face coverings inside all public establishments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Select Board Vice Chairman John …
Scott outlines $400M economic recovery plan MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott announced a $400 million aid package on Wednesday that targets the state's hard-hit small businesses and Vermont's threatened 670 dairy farms. The money, which …
Masks required in Brattleboro establishments BRATTLEBORO — In an effort to contain the spread of germs during the coronavirus pandemic, the Select Board approved an emergency order requiring facial coverings inside Brattleboro …
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has pushed back its plan to resume at-sea monitoring in Northeast fisheries by a month. The monitors are workers who gather important data on …
A coronavirus outbreak in Australia's second-largest city continued to grow Thursday and the Northern Territory detected its first case in three months. Northern Territory Health Minister …
BOSTON (AP) — When Mahdi Hashemian was looking for a bicycle for his 7-year-old daughter Zeynab last week, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident decided to skip his local cycle shops in favor …
SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Four months after the opening race was called off at the last minute, the Formula One season finally gets underway this weekend on another continent and in a …
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was a simple family get-together; a wedding gathering. About 30 people went out to dinner. Half came down with the coronavirus. Los Angeles Mayor Eric …
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Martin Langeveld | Corona Diary: We're looking at a recession on a par with the Depression Back on Jan. 15, I visited my financial adviser to see how our nest egg is doing, as I do every year. As usual, the conversation included speculation about whether a recession might happen …
Podcast | Don Morrison commentary: Going viral Here's a little podcast on our government's current epidemic of denial. Don Morrison, who produces his eponymous Don Morrison Commentary, is an author, lecturer, member of The Berkshire Eagle's …
Letter: Serious crisis must be treated seriously To the editor: First the disclaimer: I hope every single word of this letter is wrong. In Berkshire County right now, we are facing an unprecedented medical, humanitarian and economic crisis …
Letter: Facts, not fear, are fueling response To the editor: I respectfully disagree with Ronald Hersh's assessment of the coronavirus response ("Fear is fueling coronavirus reaction," letter March 14.) Does media fear-mongering exist? Of …
Letter: Helping out during pandemic To the editor: As the vibrant life in the beautiful Berkshires shuts down with the coronavirus precautions, there are things we can do to protect the institutions and businesses that mean so much …
Elliott Greenblott: Fraud Watch | Beware of coronavirus-related scams With the spread of COVID-19, a number of scams and phishing attempts have appeared recently. Scammers impersonate officials with federal health services, state health departments, Homeland …
US study testing possible treatment for coronavirus OMAHA, Neb. — The first clinical trial in the U.S. of a possible coronavirus treatment is underway in Nebraska and eventually is expected to include 400 patients at 50 locations around the …
Benjamin Abelow, M.D.: Could inexpensive generic drugs stop a dangerous pandemic? GREAT BARRINGTON — Whether or not the new coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 strikes the U.S. hard, events in China and elsewhere are a frightening reminder that modern societies are highly …
Donald Morrison: A plague on all our houses BECKET — I lived in Beijing for two years and Hong Kong for seven, and never came down with anything more lethal than a head cold. But now, a decade after quitting the Middle Kingdom, I am …
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Car crash leads to drug arrest PUTNEY — Troopers from the Vermont State Police Barracks in Westminster were dispatched to a reported one-vehicle crash around 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 29, where a vehicle had struck the …
Vernon native retires as colonel in the U.S. Army FORT HOOD, TEXAS — Col. Chris Albus, a Vernon, Vt. native, retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of colonel on May 31 after serving more than 34 years on active duty. Albus was commissioned …
Brattleboro native awarded for bravery during pandemic BRATTLEBORO — Meghan Cotter, who grew up in Brattleboro and has been working with COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic, was recognized recently by JetBlue Airways for her "bravery during …
With budget approved, school district ready to face challenges BRATTLEBORO — The Windham Southeast School District's $51,171,300 fiscal year 2021 budget passed in a 1,531-542 vote Tuesday. "We are happy to see strong community support for the efforts …
Business booms for fireworks stores HINSDALE, N.H. — With large July 4 celebrations canceled this year, fireworks displays are being left to individuals. "It's sad, absolutely sad," said Jessica Mahoney, of North Haverhill, …

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